Brendon Ayanbadejo believes Chris Kluwe is "100% right" in claiming his views led to him losing his job in the NFL. Kluwe, the punter for the Minnesota Vikings from 2005 through 2012, claimed he was cut by the team in May 2013 over his support of same-sex marriage in an explosive first-person article published by Deadspin on Thursday.
Hours after Kluwe's allegations sent shockwaves through the NFL, TMZ caught up with Ayanbadejo, another former NFL player who has been an outspoken advocate for marriage equality. The former Baltimore Ravens linebacker who last played during the 2012 season offered his full support to Kluwe and backed his allegations against the Vikings.
"He's 100% right and I've been saying it all along from the start," Ayanbadejo told TMZ. "You're talking about a guy who was the first or second in every punting category in terms of performance in Minnesota Vikings history."
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In the scathing piece titled "I Was An NFL Player Until I Was Fired By Two Cowards And A Bigot," Kluwe not only alleged he was fired for his support of same-sex marriage but also accused Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer of making anti-gay comments during team meetings. In separate statements released on Thursday, the Vikings and Priefer denied Kluwe's claims.
Ayanbadejo's comments to TMZ came after he noted on Twitter that he and Scott Fujita, another former NFL player who has publicly advocated for LGBT rights, retired by choice while Kluwe did not.